Sunday May 9, 2010
Lane Kiffin talks about JaMarcus Russell: "We had a difference of opinion, myself and Mr. Davis. But, you know, like I've always said, 'Everybody has a boss,' and he was the boss. I truly wish it would have worked out different for JaMarcus because he's a great kid. But this could be the best thing for him."
Quoting Derek Dooley: "I'm never going to really predict wins or losses. What I'm most concerned about is how we compete, and with some of the intangible values of how we compete -- the toughness we play with, the discipline, the effort. I think if we do those things, then winning will be a good byproduct, and I think we'll win enough that our fans will enjoy watching us play."
Q: Are you counting down the days to the season opener on Sept. 4?
Dooley: "I don't want to know, because I get sick to my stomach. We have this countdown to kickoff in the weight room, and I try not to look at it because we have so much we have to do and so little time. So I just try to wake up and see what we have to do today to get better; if we do that, we'll be ready next fall."
Quoting Jimbo Fisher: "People understand we have to change, not the traditions and values, but the way you do business on a day-to-day basis."
Quoting Marshall head coach Doc Holliday: "We have a lot of areas of concern. I think depth is a major issue at every position. We have some pretty good players, but not near enough. Where that gets you is of course special teams. Unfortunately we're going to have to play a lot of our really good players which is good because your great players should be on special teams because in the plan to win that is one four things very critical. I think depth can be an issue for us. It is for a lot of teams. I think moreso for us right now at this point."
"There's no pressure on Frank because he's the best there is. That doesn't bother me. I know when the guys are turned over to Frank that they'll be prepared. He'll turn this team back over to us in August as good and prepared as any team in the country. They'll be in as good a shape as anybody in America. That being said, at this point right now we've got seven guys on the road recruiting full time. We have two in the office and the ones in the office are making sure we're involved in our players lives, making sure they're finishing up finals in the right way and going to class, doing things they're supposed to do. Once we get back from the May recruiting process, we'll spend about four weeks as a staff making sure the first four games are broken down, game plan the first four games, getting around our players, making sure they're doing the right things. And again Frank and his staff actually will be the ones conducting workouts, the offseason program, but that's a good thing. It doesn't concern me at all."
"As a head coach I sure don't want to be anywhere where expectations aren't extremely high. And that being said, expectations out there aren't near as high as what mine are. I promise you that. I think that as head football coach as long as your team is the most prepared, the most invested in America, I don't worry about expectations. If they're prepared, and they're invested, we'll go play and see what happens. That's my job to make sure they're prepared."
Quoting Joker Phillips: "We are holding guys accountable. We're talking to kids about getting to class early. You talk to a kid, and he says, 'Coach, I was at class. Yeah, but you were 15 minutes late. We expect them to be at (football) position meetings on time, and we expect them to be dressed and ready to go, not just walking in with your street clothes on. And we also expect them to be in the classroom early and sitting up front. And when they do miss, believe me they do not want to see us."
"It has been a little weird. I'm so used to being on the road at this time of year. It really felt strange that first week when I was sitting in the office. But once the week got going, I knew there were so many things that I wanted to get done that I never got around to. Now I have plenty of time."